Book Review on ICJW Newsletter (2015 September)
It is only in recent years that more accounts of women’s experiences and perceptions of the Holocaust have emerged. These women’s narratives enrich our understanding of the Holocaust by showing how women’s suffering differed from that of men, and how these women endured those long and terrible years. As the nurturers in our society, many women reached out to support their Jewish sisters, but their feelings of pain, shame and humiliation made it difficult for many of them to speak about it for many decades. Continue in PDF
Women differ from men in the way they experience trials. Their recollections and stories are different (…) if they tell you anything or choose silent reflection instead. (…) Until recently the terrible events of the Holocaust had remained untold by women. In the past few years memoirs and novels have been published about the Holocaust era but most of them were written by and about men. They lacked the peculiar feminine touch of reflecting on women’s physical and spiritual experience, pains and humiliation. Apart from valuable recollections by Ágnes Bartha, Edit Bruck, Éva Fahidi, Judith Magyar Isaacson and Aranka Siegal, much of the girls’ and women’s idiosyncratic survival strategies remained unexplored and unrecorded. It was the intention to fill that very gap that motivated Katalin Pécsi in 2002 when she embarked on collecting the “untold stories of women.